January 2015 Clematis of the Month

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’


CcirrhosaFreckles6One bright sunny day last week, as I poked around in the back garden, I was delighted by several wintry blossoms on C. cirrhosa ‘Freckles.’  This Mediterranean clematis with a delightful scent is said to bloom from October through February.  Mine, however, not being much for following rules, generally prefers blooming in August or March.  I complained about my wayward clematis to a British clematarian friend.  “Do you fertilize it in fall?” he asks.  Well, duh, that makes sense.  For a winter-blooming clematis to do it’s thing in winter, a fertilizer boost in autumn would certainly be helpful.   Of course, I haven’t remembered to do it yet, but I will next fall for sure.

For more information on this winter-bloomer, check out my February 2013 post (see list on the left).  A Dutch blogger has also deemed C. cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ Plant of the Month for January–click here to see the Dutch blog.  Use Google Translate to translate it into English (sort of).






  1. Menck said,

    February 1, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks for the link. And keep up the good work.
    (By the way: I’m a Belgian blogger. 😉 )


    • February 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      You’re welcome. I enjoyed your blog on Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles.’ And my apologies to you for not realizing you are Belgian, not Dutch!


  2. Patrick said,

    March 24, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Hiya – Where is the “Clematis in Seattle” for March ?? I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting …..:(


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